How to Get a Yahoo! Messenger ID

By Michelle Varsallona

Yahoo Messenger uses the same ID as your Yahoo Email. If you already have Yahoo Email, you can just log in to Yahoo Messenger with that. If this is your first time signing up for Yahoo services, you must register for an account through the Yahoo website. The account gives you access to Yahoo Messenger for instant messaging, Chat for group chats (accessed through Yahoo Messenger), and Games and Email that can be accessed through the Yahoo website. You are getting a lot more than just instant messaging by having a Yahoo ID.

Step 1

Open your Web browser and navigate to the Yahoo home page.

Step 2

Click the “Sign Up” link at the top of the home page.

Step 3

Enter the required information on the form that appears. You are required to enter your name, gender, birthday, country and ZIP code. You must select a user name and password. Enter an alternate email address and “secret questions” for to be used in case you forget your username or password. Finally, type the code at the bottom. This is to ensure you are not an email bot looking to send mass junk mail to people.

Step 4

Click “Create My Account” when done, and you will be taken to your email inbox.

Step 5

Download Yahoo Messenger from the Yahoo home page. Click the “Download Now” button, save the file to your computer, and then open the saved file to start the installer. When you open the installer, you can choose what extra features you want (Yahoo Toolbar and making yahoo.com your homepage). You then must accept the terms and agreement. Finally, Yahoo Messenger will install on your computer and launch when you close the installer.

Step 6

Log in to Yahoo Messenger using the ID created.

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